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Chelsea to ruin Liverpool's title hopes? Get Premier League tips

Leigh Copson 11 Apr 2019
Callum Hudson-Odoi (credit:Vadim Kot/Zuma Press/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of April 13-15. Will Manchester City keep the heat on league leaders Liverpool with a victory at Crystal Palace on Sunday, and can the Reds respond to their rivals’ result by claiming three important points in the big Super Sunday clash with Chelsea? Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield (Saturday 12:30 BST)

It has been a huge week for Tottenham Hotspur. Not only did they get back to winning ways in the top flight, getting their top-four push back on track, they also drew first blood in their massive Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester City thanks to a Heung-Min Son goal. These two domestic rivals will do it all again on Wednesday night, with a semi-final stake up for grabs, but Spurs cannot afford to put all of their attention on that tie because they have another important Premier League fixture on Saturday. Huddersfield Town are the latest club to pay a visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and they head to the English capital already knowing their fate in the fight against the drop. The recent defeat at Crystal Palace confirmed that the Terriers will be playing Championship football next season, and although the head back to London with nothing to lose it is difficult to predict anything other than a drubbing here. Spurs’ top-four quest means they cannot afford to simply rest all of their stars with eye on that return meeting with City coming up, and that spells trouble for a Huddersfield team who were thrashed 4-1 at home by Leicester City last weekend and have managed just 19 goals this season, while conceding 63. Backing Tottenham to win to nil screams ‘banker bet’ for this one, and is available at backable odds, but I am looking for a bigger return and Spurs -2 offers that. They could run riot here.

Manchester United v West Ham United (Saturday 17:30 BST)

Manchester United put up a fight before going down to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek, and although losing to the Catalan giants is hardly a shameful result the Red Devils are in desperate need of a victory right now because they have now lost four of their last five competitive fixtures. This sudden slump in form has ended their hopes of lifting silverware via the FA Cup and it has also dealt a significant blow to their top-four quest because they are now down to sixth in the table, five points behind third-place Chelsea and three behind fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur heading into this weekend. Simply put, Manchester United have to stop the rot and they have to stop it now. Anymore negative results could be the final nail in the coffin in their bid to finish in the top four, so Saturday evening’s visit of West Ham United has to be considered a ‘must-win’ outing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. Can they get the job done? They could not have asked for much better opposition at this time – the Hammers have lost three of their last four Premier League matches by a 2-0 scoreline and they have only recorded three wins in their last 12 games in all competitions. If you single out their away form it gets even uglier because West Ham have not registered a victory on their travels since a 2-1 success at Southampton back on December 27. 10 of the Hammers’ last 11 losses have seen their opponents overcome a one-goal handicap and we could see the same again here, making Manchester United -1 a tempting bet in that market despite their recent dip.

Crystal Palace v Manchester City (Sunday 14:05 BST)

Manchester City took a step closer to a historic quadruple last weekend as they battled past Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but just days later their quest suffered a setback as they failed to turn dominance into goals in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Tottenham Hotspur. A 1-0 defeat means they have much work to do when the two teams meet in the second leg next Wednesday night, but Pep Guardiola’s side cannot afford to focus solely on that match because their absence from Premier League action last weekend allowed Liverpool to regain top spot in the table. That means the pressure is firmly on them to collect three more Premier League points when they head to Crystal Palace this weekend, and the Eagles have been something of a bogey team for them over the past 18 months. Palace held City to a goalless draw here last season and earlier in the current campaign they stunned Guardiola’s boys as they ran out 3-2 winners at the Etihad Stadium. They go into this match in decent shape too having won two of their last three games, but there is simply no way that I am going against the title favourites in this one. City are in fantastic form right now despite that midweek loss to Spurs and they should be able to claim the spoils here.

Liverpool v Chelsea (Sunday 16:30 BST)

The past week or so has been highly successful for Liverpool, who regained top spot in the Premier League with a win at Southampton and then took command of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto thanks to a 2-0 victory at Anfield. They cannot afford to celebrate those successes though because City are still breathing down their necks in the title race, with a game in hand, and that means the slightest slip-up between now and the end of the season could prove fatal to their title chances. So what is the last thing they probably need right now? A high-profile clash with Chelsea. The visitors have enjoyed a good run of domestic form over the past few weeks, winning three straight games to put themselves firmly in the mix for a top-four finish, and they should pose problems for Liverpool here. However, it is very difficult to overlook their underwhelming away form when it is coupled with the Reds’ almost flawless form on Merseyside. Jurgen Klopp’s side are yet to lose at home in the league this season, collecting 44 points from a possible 48, and they have out-scored the opposition 46-10. Therefore I fancy them to avenge the League Cup defeat they suffered when Chelsea visited Anfield earlier in the campaign, although I do not expect them to run out convincing winners. After all, it has been over two years since they got the better of Chelsea and meetings between these two clubs always tend to be close affairs.

Watford v Arsenal (Monday 20:00 BST)

If Arsenal miss out on a top-four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League the blame can be firmly attributed to their woeful form away from the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have so far managed just five wins in 15 Premier League away games this season and last weekend’s woeful performance in a 1-0 defeat at Everton means they are once again out of the top four, three points behind Chelsea and one behind Tottenham Hotspur. So what is the last thing they need right now? A trip to face a Watford side that are flying high. While Arsenal were shooting themselves in the foot last weekend, Watford were recording one of the most memorable wins in the club’s history. The Hornets’ FA Cup dream appeared to be over when they trailed Wolves 2-0 with just 11 minutes to go in the semi-final clash at Wembley, but Gerard Deulofeu gave them hope with a sublime finish and Troy Deeney then kept his nerve to convert a penalty with almost the last kick of regulation time. The comeback was completed in extra time when super sub Deulofeu made it 3-2 to secure a return trip to Wembley next month, and they will now look to follow up that incredible win with a good run of form in the build up to the final meeting with Manchester City. A win over Arsenal on Monday night football would certainly help them do that and I fancy them to get it. The Gunners have been utterly pathetic on their travels and having been punished for giving them the benefit of the doubt last time out, I am not going to make that same mistake again. The buoyant Hornets can spring an 'upset' here, although I will be using Draw No Bet for some insurance.

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